Inside a Connecticut Country House that Blends a Luxurious and Rustic Vibe


Meet this creative country house that gives the New England glamour a twist of contemporaneity

Country House

Belonging to Jane Keltner de Valle, the cofounder of children’s skincare line Paloroma, and her husband, an AD100 designer, Giancarlo Valle, this country house, nestled in Connecticut, was transformed into an outstanding residence. This home is different from the other rustic buildings, as they successfully blended diverse approaches. However, they were also able to never outshine the main rustic style.

To maintain the house’s original essence while giving it the owner’s own touch and personality, they opted to preserve the country house’s characteristic cubic structure. They highlighted it by painting the 1863 building white. The dark green shutters also contrast the house, an ex-parsonage of the city’s historic Greek Revival church.

The homeowners have a very tasteful style. Therefore, they transformed their house with their smart and well-balanced design plan, providing a new complexion to traditional architecture.

As this country house is intended to exhale a rustic atmosphere, it has walls made of wood, wooden beams on the ceiling, and is mainly covered in wooden furnishings. Many pieces were even crafted in a makeshift woodshop set up in the garage to enhance that style even more and bring it a special feeling. In other words, many of the house’s details were fabricated on-site.

Even though the home is essentially made out of wood, it doesn’t feel old or non-luxurious. It’s the opposite. The house, full of rich paintings and artistic furniture, has a creative, refined look. This vibe was assisted through warm colors that matched the wooden tones, and that brought the design together. Thanks to the fabrics used, such as the soft neutral rug, the warm red couch, and the brown furry armchairs, the residence evokes a sense of coziness, warmth, and familiarity.

As you have noticed by now, the use of natural materials is prioritized in this country house, that is enhanced even more in the kitchen, where the floor is covered in exposed brick, and where its counters and table are again made out of wood, but what especially gives this room a truly rustic feeling are the copper pans and faucet. To intensify this homely feeling, the designer selected light blue kitchen cabinets, which complemented the white brick walls.

Beyond the natural materials, the residence is also enveloped mainly by a natural color palette. A perfect example of that is the main bedroom. Apart from its statement olive green color present in the bed frame, curtain, and rug, it’s also blended with the nature painting in the center of the room and wooden furnishings and decorations, balanced with the white walls, creating a natural, relaxed area.

Despite having multiple different colors throughout the house, every room has its own essence while still feeling connected. We can see these differences by, for example, noticing that in some areas, the key color is a warm yellow, while in others, green, blue, or reddish tones predominate. Still, the design has an airy flow. That happens since the designer used common materials in every area, for example, the most dominant one, wood, but also brought an overwhelming comfort all over the house by using fluffy rugs that matched the main color used in every room.

Another impressive aspect of this house was the interior designer’s ability to link the kid’s bedroom to the rest of its vibe, simultaneously giving it personality and a juvenile hint.

A further interesting characteristic about this country house is the use of just one color all over one room. This radiates sophistication, comfort, and luxury.

The structure of the house divisions also plays an important part in its contemporaneity. For example, the rounded corners on some passings of the domicile exude a polished and clean appearance.

Now that this country house inspires you, learn how to achieve a similar look by discovering the best ways to incorporate neutral-tone rugs in your interior design projects!

October 22, 2023

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